Study: End of coal burning at Pa. plant better for pregnant women

From the New Jersey Herald, January 11, 2018. When the Portland (Pa.) Generating Plant burned coal to produce electricity, pregnant women who lived downwind in four New Jersey counties had a statistically higher chance of having a low birth weight or pre-term birth. Now that the plant no longer burns coal to create electricity, birth […]

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EPA Could Allow Teenage Workers To Handle Dangerous Pesticides

From Huffington Post, January 10, 2018. Officials have signaled they may eliminate the age requirements for working with toxic chemicals on farms and other worksites. If the Environmental Protection Agency follows through with a reform now under consideration, teenage farmworkers and other working minors would once again be allowed to handle dangerous pesticides while on […]

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Bill Berry: Nitrate in groundwater calls for our attention

From the CAP Times, January 8, 2018. Sometimes, really important news just doesn’t get much attention. Consider the case of nitrate, primarily tied to agricultural fertilizers, and the 2017 report by the Wisconsin Groundwater Coordinating Council. The council is comprised of state agencies with responsibilities for groundwater management, plus a governor’s appointee. The section of […]

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Pesticide report shows no residue on half of U.S. food tested

From Food Safety News, November 7, 2017. The annual analysis of pesticide residues in domestic and imported foods, with the results for fiscal year 2015, showed 98 percent of tested foods produced in the United States do not violate federal limits. Of the 835 domestic food samples tested from 39 states, almost half, 49.8 percent, […]

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Exposure to fine particulate pollution linked to increase in early births: study

From The Sydney Morning Herald, January 3, 2018. Exposure to fine particulates from burning coal, vehicle exhausts and other pollution sources is linked to an increased risk of pre-term births, according to a study of more than 1 million Chinese births that included an Australian researcher. The study, published Wednesday by the American Medical Association’s […]

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Air Pollution Contributes to More Than 20,000 Deaths a Year

From the New York Times, December 27, 2017. Day-to-day increases in air pollution, even at levels generally considered acceptable, are associated with increased deaths among the elderly. Previous studies have suggested an association, but most have been based on small populations in metropolitan areas. This new study, in JAMA, used Medicare files and nationwide air […]

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New limits, but no all-out ban on pesticides that harm bee population

From CBC News, December 21, 2017. The federal government has proposed tighter restrictions around two insecticides that are harmful to bees, but stopped short of an all-out ban. Health Canada announced new mitigation measures today on the neonicotinoids​ clothianidin and thiamethoxam, pesticides which are sold as seed treatment or sprays to protect agricultural crops from […]

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Ottawa plans to declare deadly gas is non-toxic

From the National Obersrver, December 21, 2017. Staff at Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada came to this conclusion in a draft assessment of hydrogen sulfide, published in September. The proposal found that the gas, also known as H2S or sour gas, does not enter the environment in quantities, concentrations or conditions “that […]

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS BACK EPA PLAN TO RESTRICT DANGEROUS HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS

From The Intercept, December 20, 2017. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has quietly delayed action on dangerous solvents that the Environmental Protection Agency had previously planned to ban. Under former President Barack Obama, the agency had been in the process of restricting the use of the three commonly available chemicals, but the Trump administration’s latest update on […]

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Trouble In Toyland Report Warns Of Toys With Lead, Privacy Concerns

From Wisconsin Public Radio, December 20, 2017. A consumer advocacy group’s annual report detailing toys that may be hazardous lists a fidget spinner with more than 300 times the allowable limit of lead — the toy is now off the shelves at Target. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass is one of 40 toys included […]

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Minnesota announces restrictions on using herbicide dicamba

From ABC News, December 12, 2017. Minnesota announced restrictions Tuesday on how farmers can use the herbicide dicamba in 2018, responding to complaints by soybean growers across the country that it harmed their crops this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture set a June 20 cutoff date for applying the herbicide and prohibited applications when […]

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Looking for Markets? Click here for more information. Special Reuters Report: The High Cost of Building in High Flood Risk Areas

From the Insurance Journal, December 12, 2017. When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house. Muddy floodwater submerged the furniture and ruined carpet inside the construction worker’s longtime home. He has been living in temporary […]

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